To those who are new here and as a refresher for all, the use of altars has been prominent throughout history within many faiths and belief systems. The purpose of creating and maintaining an altar is to form a focal point of intention. A place you can visit to meditate, honor the past, present, and future, manifest hopes and desires, and tap into the wonders of the universe. This space acts as a physical reminder to engage with the energy of your mind, emotions, and spirit to unify within the physical realm. Setting intentions and creating a space filled with beauty and peace will be all the more gratifying to take part in this age-old practice. You can create an altar anywhere you wish! On a table, shelf, windowsill, or nightstand, among many other places. There are no rules; your altar can be small and simple or large and ornate. You can have many altars dedicated to specific purposes (such as ancestors, prosperity, love, deities, etc.) or one altar that encompasses all of your devotions. As long as the space is created from your heart and soul, it will be perfect. Gather items that are sacred to you and adorn them as you see fit!
Altar Adornment Ideas:
•Milk: This is a fertile time; milk signifies the nurturing energy present. All milk (dairy/nondairy) will honor this!
•Seeds: Bless any seeds you wish to plant in spring on your Imbolc altar for added magick and abundance
•Candles: As always honoring the sun and the blessing of increasing warmth and daylight
•Flowers: white flowers represent the purity of snow and new beginnings; any flowers will do as they represent life and the fertility of the earth
•Crystals: any you wish to use to create your desired vibration; amethyst, bloodstone, and moonstone resonate beautifully with Imbolc
•Snow: an offering of snow that will melt, symbolizing the thawing of winter. If you can't bring snow in, salt is a wonderful alternative to represent the snow.
•Incense: for blessings and aromatic pleasures!